Does This Fix The From Dust Disaster?

Does This Fix The From Dust Disaster?

When PC title From Dust was released, PC gamers discovered that, yes, you must have an always-on internet connection. Previous claims stated that it wouldn’t. Now, Ubisoft is ready to make amends.

As Kotaku posted last week, Ubisoft originally said that reports of a mandatory always-on connection were erroneous. Yet after From Dust’s release, Ubisoft evidently deleted and then restored the post in its official forums making that claim. For the record, Ubisoft now confirms that, yes, you’ll need to be connected to the Internet to launch the game, no matter what.

Steam even offered refunds to gamers who purchased the game based on misrepresentations of DRM.

A future patch will apparently eliminate the need for internet authentication to play the game. From a Ubi Forum Manager: “Our tech teams are working on a patch that should release in approximately two weeks that will eliminate the need for any online authentication. This development time is required as we are working to ensure that those who have already started the game, and who’s progress is currently saved on our servers, will receive and save their game information locally. Once the patch is ready, players who already have the game will automatically receive the update on their next login and subsequent game sessions will be 100% offline.”

Smart move on Ubisoft’s part that will hopefully make amends for a very stupid one. But will this be true of all future Ubisoft PC games or is this a one off deal?

From Dust PC Official Statement [Ubi Forums via Rock Paper Shotgun]


  • Even if they were backing off now, whats to say they wont shove it down our throats in a few more months time (you know, like what happened this time)?

    It certainly doesn’t change much. They’ve already shown how low their opinion of their customers’ intelligence are.

  • This isn’t Ubisoft making amends or deciding that the DRM was a bad idea, this is them deciding that it’s served its purpose and they’re now going to cash on the goodwill they’ll receive for removing it.

    • Hmmm that sounds cynical, but i remember hearing that publishers only care about DRM to safeguard the first week of sales..but i think it’s only barely a week since its PC release so we could give them the benefit of the doubt..

      • Notably, the patch will be prepared in “approximately two weeks”.

        No, I’m having at a guess this is going to become standard practice if consumers don’t fight against it. It’s clearly using the lack of consumers knowledge to their advantage.

        • Oh you’re right, i was crediting them with too much humanity. I’ve also made that point before that however much crap we tolerate is the exact level of crap that will be forced upon us.. so pushing back is vital.

  • Is it really so bad? this will probably sound a bit ignorant but in this day and age, really just who isn’t connected to the internet at all times anyway?

    • My ADSL2 connection has died 6 times in the last 90 minutes and allegedly there’s nothing wrong with it.

      Its never a good idea to assume that things will always work

    • As someone that lives 800 km north of Cairns and has a wireless connection that works maybe 4 hours a day, I’d say assuming people are constantly connected is a bad thing. Admittedly, we’re in the minority, but its still annoying as hell.

      (And I understand that From Dust is download only, I’ll be taking my laptop with me when I go on leave in two weeks time)

  • Really doesnt bother me… I know there is situations and people in places that would have issues with this scheme, but for the amount of ranting about it – you think everyone would be living in the middle of the ocean with no net connection..

    • Dude the “having crap forced on me doesn’t bother me” attitude.. try to see the bigger picture.

  • Yes, this fixes my doubts about continuing to buy Ubisoft games on Steam.

    I don’t have a problem with reliable internet, but Ubisoft have proven that they have a problem with reliable servers. It’s pretty uncool for people to be unable to play a single player game they have purchased because of this issue (which has happened on a few of Ubis PC releases).

    I am hoping that they will continue this more reasonable stance on Might and Magic.

    And, for what it’s worth, I think this is a pretty cool game for the price tag, I definately got my $ value out of it 🙂

  • Great reporting…STEAM NEVER OFFERED REFUNDS. In fact a lot of people, myself included, are still waiting to hear back from Valve after their initial copy/paste response of “no refunds” despite the situation being in clear violation of multiple national and international trade laws.

  • Firstly, so many errors on this article. You call yourself a journalist?

    Secondly, this does not make up for the fact this this is a terrible port, and even after a delay it is still terrible.

  • Considering the original statement of ‘there will be no online authentication’ and the post-first-lie-furor amendment ‘there will only be a single activation on install’ (as well as the classic ‘no longer using this DRM’ which lasted for all of one game I think), I’m going to continue not to buy the game for now on the assumption that ‘all online authentication will be removed’ will be similarly disproven shortly after the patch releases.

    If I want to splurge on a recent Steam port of an XBLA game then I’m buying Bastion!

  • This sounds like the way Sony managed their root-kit on music CDs fiasco:

    Everything’s fine, nothing to see here.
    It appears there’s a minor error, we’ll fix it ASAP.
    (Has everyone gone away yet?).
    (No). This will never happen again.

  • I’m glad they’re admitting what a bunch of lieing !@#$tards they are, and are fixing it. But they’re going to have to do a whole lot more to earn enough trust for me to even think about purchasing an Ubisoft game again.

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